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STATE OF MINNESOTA
LEGISLATION ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
144.3872
(STATUS: PASSED)

Chapter Title: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Section: 144.3872
Text:

144.3872 Female genital mutilation; education and outreach.
 
  The commissioner of health shall carry out appropriate education, prevention, and outreach activities in communities
  that traditionally practice female circumcision, excision, or infibulation to inform people in those communities about the
  health risks and emotional trauma inflicted by those practices and to inform them and the medical community of the criminal
  penalties contained in section 609.2245.  The commissioner shall work with culturally appropriate groups to obtain private
  funds to help finance these prevention and outreach activities.
 
  HIST: 1994 c 636 art 9 s 9

Chapter title: CRIMINAL CODE
Section: 609.2245
Text:

609.2245 Female genital mutilation; penalties.

Subdivision 1.

    Crime. Except as otherwise permitted in subdivision 2, whoever knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates, in whole or in part, the labia majora, labia minora, or clitoris of another is guilty of a felony. Consent to the procedure by a minor on whom it is performed or by the minor's parent is not a defense to a violation of this subdivision.
Subdivision. 2.
    Permitted activities. A surgical procedure is not a violation of subdivision 1 if the procedure:

    (1) is necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed and is performed by:

      (i) a physician licensed under chapter 147;
      (ii) a physician in training under the supervision of a licensed physician; or
      (iii) a certified nurse midwife practicing within the nurse midwife's legal scope of practice; or
       
    (2) is performed on a person who is in labor or who has just given birth and is performed for medical purposes connected with that labor or birth:
      (i) by a physician licensed under chapter 147;
      (ii) a physician in training under the supervision of a licensed physician; or
      (iii) a certified nurse midwife practicing within the nurse midwife's legal scope of practice.
HIST: 1994 c 636 art 2 s 22; 1997 c 239 art 3 s 11